Comcast App Now Playing Video On iPads

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Comcast issued an update Tuesday for its Xfinity TV app for iPads and iPhones that lets customers stream almost 3,000 hours of TV shows and movies from HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, Showtime Networks, Starz Entertainment and BBC America.

The free app -- which has been downloaded more than 1 million times since its launch in mid-November -- initially offers several hundred titles to customers, with access contingent on their cable TV tier. Full episodes include HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Showtime's Weeds and TNT's The Closer.

Xfinity iPad app with Play Now

According to Comcast, the streaming feature is available over any Wi-Fi connection. The MSO plans to launch a 3G-enabled version in an upcoming release.

Comcast said the Xfinity TV app currently provides almost 3,000 hours of content. The operator plans to port the app to a range of other smartphones and tablets, including Android-based devices.

Currently the Xfinity TV app does not provide live feeds of any channels. However, as part of the expanded deal between Comcast and Turner announced Tuesday, the MSO plans to offer live streams of CNN and other networks in the near future.

Other content available through the app includes episodes of HBO's True Blood and Big Love; Showtime's Dexter and Californication; Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Movies include Alice in Wonderland, 2012, The Hangover, G-Force, Monsters vs. Aliens and The Blind Side.

The Xfinity TV app also functions as a remote control and TV guide and also provides DVR management features.

"We have an aggressive development plan to introduce even more features in the coming months that enable customers to more richly watch, control and personalize their entertainment experience," said Matt Strauss, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Interactive Media.

Other enhancements to version 1.1.1 of the app, according to Comcast, are "improved accuracy of channel lineup selection" and "greater reliability of DVR activation."

At the 2010 CTAM Summit last fall, Comcast senior vice president of video product development Todd Walker said the MSO expected to issue updates for its mobile apps approximately every 90 days.

More info on Xfinity TV app is available at www.xfinity.com/tvapp.

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